SOUTH BEND — In the district’s first hotly contested three-way Democratic Primary Election race in recent memory, Mel Hall edged Pat Hackett and Yatish Joshi Tuesday at the polls, winning the right to challenge incumbent Republican Rep. Jackie Walorski in November.
With 93 percent of the vote tallied, Hall had 42 percent to Hackett’s 28 percent. Joshi had drawn 22 percent of the vote.
A bit after 9:45 p.m., nearly four hours after the polls had closed, Hall gave a victory speech to supporters in a 6th floor ballroom at Aloft, the newly renovated downtown South Bend hotel on the ground floor of the city’s tallest structure, the Liberty Tower.
“We think we will win all 10 counties,” Hall said to loud applause. “At the end of the day we will get stuff done that needs to be done. That’s who we are. … Jackie Walorski has literally been hiding from us.”